Fields End (84)
Arrival time: 15.00 (started to fish at 15.25)
Weather: Bright and warm with increasing cloud.
SW wind moderated and eased completely into the evening.
Swim: Reed End.
Tackle: 11’ Korum light feeder, Shimano 5000 reel, waggler, 8lb line, 12 hook.
Baits: Bread flake and luncheon meat.
Fish: Three carp, best 8lb 10oz, and four tench, best 3lb 14oz
I was so shattered after last week’s all day session in the wind and sun that I decided to go to the lake for the afternoon and evening.
There was a fresh SW wind blowing so a swim in the SW bay would have been ideal, but all were taken bar one, and with that number of people concentrated in one area I decided to go to the NE corner, which was deserted. Back to the Reed End where I was last week. Glutton for punishment?
The waggler in fact rode the wavelets quite well and I was quickly into my first fish, a tench of 2lb 6oz. Soon after a 4lb leather came to the net and within minutes of landing that I had an 8lb 10oz common on the bank. The storming start was, however, soon to fizzle out.
For the next couple of hours or so I kept missing bites. They were ‘fly away’ takes and I couldn’t understand how I was missing them. However, on a couple of occasions a small scale came back on the hook. I suspect, therefore, they were roach or other silver fish and that the bites might have been ‘liners’. Perhaps there was a large shoal milling around.
At 19.00 the interlude stopped when I hooked a good fish only to lose it after two or three minutes. It was almost certainly a tench. I then took three more tench, all on luncheon meat, the best just under 4lb.
As dusk approached the wind dropped and conditions seemed ideal but the carp weren’t interested. A small common of 3½lb was all I managed before I packed up at about 20.45.
I’m beginning to think that the lake is showing signs of over-fishing. Usually the last hour before dusk is, as near as can be, a sure bet to pick up some carp but I wasn’t the only one not succeeding.
Things weren’t helped by a chap setting up in the adjacent Reed swim late in the evening and making quite a bit of noise on the platform.
15.35 - Tench - 2lb 6oz - flake
16.00 - Leather - 4lb 0oz - flake
16.15 - Common - 8lb 10oz - flake
19.00 - lost fish - probably tench
19.10 - Tench - 3lb 0oz - luncheon meat
19.20 - Tench - 3lb 14oz - luncheon meat
20.35 - Tench 2lb 9oz - luncheon meat
20.40 - Common - 3lb 8oz - luncheon meat
Not a bad afternoon, but it was disappointing that the pre-dusk carp didn’t appear. I also got snagged in the reeds twice, courtesy of the gusty wind, losing hooks on both occasions.